Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
The BBC North West News filmed Jo for much of the day on Friday, they even did a piece live from the cattery with Jo for the lunchtime news. But the best piece was the feature they aired at the teatime news. It was brilliant. I texted Jo afterwards to tell her how proud I was of her, and I wasn't the only one who she was brilliant too.
And I have to confess to having been very giddy seeing our animals on TV. I was so excited. My husband mused that I'd not heard a word of the item as I was too busy cooing over all our fluffs. Mind you, I was sat there going - that's Frankie, that's Rupert, that's Cloud - you get my drift. Yeah, I was very excited!
Today has been equally good because we did a collection in Sainsburys on Regent Road in Salford. Everyone was generous and many shoppers had seen us on the tv too and we raised, in 6 hours, just over 200 squid, which is fantastic if not painful as it really knackers your back after a while. I must say a thank you to Stephanie and Julie (two very dependable volunteers who always come through me when I do fundraising) they saved my sanity today, as it can be a very lonely job otherwise.
I am also absolutely delighted to tell you that Cloud the cat (one of the stars of the news item) has a reserve on him. Bozze the cat's home visit has passed, and, if that wasn't good enough, we have a reserve on our cat trio - Katy, Melissa & Max!!!
The last one I am especially chuffed about because the home has come about as a result of the Salford Advertiser running a piece for us about them being abandoned due to the recession (they also featured on the news). There was one really lovely lady who came forward and went to see them but then we never heard anything more from her. Well, it only turned out that she'd rung and left a message, but on a completely random answering machine ,so she called back a week later to learn about the error and so we are chuffed to bits that the cat family might finally have a new home, for life. Please keep everything crossed.
So now I am excited to go into the office on Monday morning in the hope that we will have a reserve on Ollie the puppy and maybe another cat or dog too? Yes, I know, I'm being greedy, but you just never know, do you?
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
It seems the press release I issued yesterday was good enough to make the 10.30 news and they even showed the pictures of the animals in Jo's care. You still view it on their website if you click on 'watch the latest' and then click 'ok' when the media player comes up. The piece on us starts 5mins and 25secs in and last about 30 seconds, so don't blink!
Then, just as Jo was leaving she got a call from a local paper wanting go round to her house and photograph her and the animals! Let's hope it keeps generating some interest and we get some homes out of it for our animals.
And true to form, within a matter of hours of Ollie the cavalier king charles spaniel pup being listed on DogsBlog we start getting calls from all around the country from people wanting adopt him! It has been a busy busy day but there are two strong contenders for him so let's see who goes to walk him.
I'm determined to finish work before silly o'clock tonight so I'm scooting off before the phone rings again. But for those of you who are signed up to our newsletter it has been posted out to you today. If you'd an electronic copy then drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 15 June 2009
Local RSPCA Branch Closes Doors
RSPCA Manchester & Salford Branch is reeling from the effects of the economic downturn and political unrest as few people come forward to offer homes to their 84 animals in need.
In the last two weeks the branch has only rehomed one animal when typically they would find homes for an average of 10 per week at this time of year.
The branch currently has 43 cats and kittens, 11 dogs, 22 rabbits and 8 guinea pigs. With no animals being rehomed there is no space to take in more, income from donations and fundraising is down by a third, which has all led to RSPCA bosses to taking the drastic decision to close its doors to admissions.
Animal Care Manager Jo Yoli says, “At this time of year kitten season is well and truly upon us and we need all the help we can get with finding new homes and feeding hungry bellies.”
Jo has been dubbed by colleagues as the “Cat Saint” because despite having 7 cats, 1 dog and 3 chickens of her own she has opened her home to a variety of other cats and kittens in desperate need of salvation.
In total Jo is feeding an extra 10 mouths - most with tragic rescue stories attached to them. There is adult cat Frankie who was found following the tragic death of her owner, who had fallen down the stairs of her home with her child in her arms. The child survived and Frankie was rescued by RSPCA Inspectors in a heavily pregnant state and very scared. Frankie is now the proud mum of five cheeky ginger boys who will all be available for adoption in the next two weeks.
Frank is a white and black cat that was found in an abandoned property, it is believed that his owners left him behind when they moved out of the home. This is all the more distressing because of Frank’s wonderfully loving personality. Frank is so friendly and affectionate that he cannot cope without the company of other cats and humans and gets very stressed and doesn’t eat if he is left alone. Staff can only imagine the emotional turmoil he went through being left behind like that.
Rupert is a semi-long haired black cat who was found following a serious hit and run. His pelvis was fractured in 4 places requiring many weeks of cage rest for the injuries to heal naturally. Rupert is a very loving and chilled out character and is now fully recovered and desperate to play out again, but whoever adopts him must live in a very quiet road.
Jo says, “If we could just rehome some of our kittens and older cats it would really ease the burden on the branch and enable us to help more animals in need. We really don’t enjoy saying no to desperate cases and really want to be able to start helping again very soon.”
If you would like to offer a home to an animal please contact the branch office on 0161 882 0680. An adoption fee is attached to each animal and home visits are done prior to adoption. Alternatively donations of cat and kitten food will be gratefully received at the branch’s charity shops in Chorlton and Urmston.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
I should also apologise for not posting a blog yesterday, twas my day off and I went to bed!
I've been spending much of today worrying and wondering how we can find homes for all our cats and kittens. I've come up with a story I'm going to pitch to the local paper on Monday, assuming that Jo (our Animal Care Manager) consents.
You see I was having a think about the fact that we have 42 cats and kittens in our care and only 11 cattery spaces and a small handful of foster carers. So it got me thinking that this in itself was a story, because we are so over capacity and have only rehomed one cat in two weeks when we would normally rehome 10-15 at this time of year.
So then I started thinking about the fact that there are so bloody many at Jo's house and that each have such unique stories that I think I'm going to go down the angle of Jo being a cat saint and desperately needing a reprieve!
At first count Jo has - mum Frankie and 5 kittens, Sammy a 12 year hunk, Rupert a recovering rta cat, 2 kittens (see Thursday's blog) - that's 10 already and I'm sure I've missed someone out! Yes, Frank. He couldn't cope in the cattery and stopped eating so he is lauding up at Jo's house with all her own cats and is very content indeed.
So I'm going to put the story together tomorrow in time for Monday morning. If you are very lucky I might share it with you but some of the cat's stories are pretty hear wrenching.
I'm in need of further inspiration so if you have any bright ideas get in touch email@example.com. Enjoy your weekend folks.
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
It's been a long day on my own in the office today and I think a combination of isolation and sleep deprivation has made me feel quite subdued, not that i need be because we've had quite an eventful day...
My little kitten Elvis (scroll right down to see a pic) did not need to have stitches put back into his deformed eyelid - imagine his relief when he got to go home to an enormous plate a breakfast after being starved overnight for the anaesthetic!
We have also confirmed the booking for a gala evening 'do' we will be holding at The Whitworth Art Gallery in November - Sat 7th - put it in your diary. It will be an ethical animal friendly/free evening with a wine reception, 3 course meal and entertainment - and none of it will involve animals in any form, so entirely vegan, including, I hope, the performers.
The other good news is about Ollie and Lottie (above) - I told you about them last week, they had been kept knee-deep in their own filth and poo was hanging off their fur -well, one of our super fantastic foster carers has already found them a home, posh ones at that enall! They should be going Saturday, so it means we can take in two desperate staffie crosses whose owner left them behind when they moved out - poor loves.
And if that wasn't enough I've finished our latest branch newsletter. More from our ventures tomorrow but if you would like a newsletter or are a talented veggie/vegan and will work for free at our gala evening pls get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
Sunday, 7 June 2009
We were all totally exhausted by the end of it but at the same time exhilarated. And for once we were rewarded with some generous donations from very grateful pet owners - this is very rare at our events, people barely give at all, but there was a great spirit of appreciation yesterday and we received a total of 447 pounds in donations, which will got towards the 1000+pounds it cost to run it.
In total we saw 232 animals - 1 ferret, 7 rabbits, 97 cats and 127 dogs. This was a record for a microchipping clinic, so you can just imagine how hard we worked!
Our next health and welfare promotion will be for dogs and at our Summer Fair in Chorlton Park on 11th July. We will have vets doing free health checks for dogs and you can then buy, for a one pound each, flea, worming and microchipping - lets hope we get a good up-take.
But what really topped off our day yesterday was the fantastic news that we have found a home for one of our very special dogs called Roma. She has been with us for many months after being starved by her previous owners (who were prosecuted for neglect). Roma was really quite underweight with the added complication of knackered hips. But Roma found love with her new foster mum and Babe, her German Shepherd, and the three of them can't bare to be parted so Roma has finally found a home for life!
If you want to get in touch with us just email: email@example.com or call the office on 0161 8820680.
Friday, 5 June 2009
We've been gearing up for a busy day tomorrow and drafting in extra help for what looks like to be a successful microchipping promotion for national microchipping month.
Last year we chipped 75 animals in one day for the same promotion, but this year we have achieved more publicity in the local press and online and we've been inundated with calls. So if any of you fancy it we are offering microchipping for a 1 pound - it usually cost 20 quid at the vets so it's a bargain. It is open to anyone, regardless of income, and it is at St Matthew's Church Hall on Chapel Lane in Stretford opposite the Arndale. Just turn up between 12-4 with your animals and pounds.
And my last bits of cheery news for the day - we took in 3 very sickly kittens from a breeder 3 weeks ago who attended a free pet health clinic we ran in Wythenshawe. One kitten remains very unwell but the other two are doing great and it looks like their foster mum has found them a home, which is wonderful news and the home visit will be done next week - so please keep your paws crossed.
The last thing to tell you is that the Salford Advertiser has run our press release this week to find 3 beautiful cats a new home after they were abandoned in a box outside the RSPCA animal hospital in the very early hours of a cold February morning. We are desperate to find them homes so I'm really hoping we may have some luck this weekend from the article, but we will let you.
Well, I hope you all enjoy the weekend despite the weather, and I'll up date you on Sunday on our Saturday activities with a microchipping gun or two - I know we have some ferrets coming along, which I'm dreading - give me a giddy, wriggly dog any day!
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Well the highlight of the day was definitely meeting a little dog called Schnellie - it's pronounced exactly as it sounds! Schnellie came along to our monthly free microchipping clinic at the RSPCA animal hospital in Eccles. Not only was Schnellie absolutely adorable but it was the name of her 'breed' that tickled me the most. She was a 'Schnorkie'! I swear I am not joking - she's crossed with a Yorkie and Schnauza (can't spell it) and apparently they are a designer breed like a 'Labradoodle'. I confess I burst out laughing.
We had quite a busy afternoon though and chipped 15 animals for free. We are there the first Thursday of every month 1-4pm and anyone is welcome to come and get their pet chipped for free by us.
Of course, being the job we do there are also lows and we had 3 very big ones today. The first was a call from an Animal Collection Officer (ACO) who needed to transfer an 8 week old puppy into our care. A little girl had bought a puppy of some lads for 5 quid and taken him home, but the puppy had started fitting last night so the national helpline was called and an ACO collected him and took him to the nearest emergency vet for initial treatment. The way these things work is that when this happens the branch has to then take on the responsibility, whether we are closed to admissions or not. So puppy came to us this afternoon and has since been admitted to our vets. Pup is not well, he is disorientated and wobbly and has been placed on a drip and will be monitored overnight before we start running tests to see what is going on. The best hope is that pup has eaten something toxic.
The other two very low points were two dogs we've agreed to taken in from an Inspector (even though we only have one space). There is a female 6mth old chocolate Labrador and 10mth old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Their owner had become desperately unwell and terribly ashamed of the state she and the animals were in and became too embarrassed to ask for help.
A call from a concerned member of the public resulted in an Inspector paying a visit and finding conditions that were beyond acceptable - the dogs were being kept in the kitchen that was soaked in urine and faeces. It was so bad that the poo was caked onto their fur and hanging off them. The Inspector said she had every sympathy for the owner and because she signed them over into our care she would not be prosecuted.
I met the two dogs whilst I was at the animal hospital today and they are absolutely gorgeous puppies. But I cannot tell you how bad the smell was - well, you know how bad it is when you tread in dog muck - well times it by lots! The state of them was shocking.
To end on a positive note though, we filled Mika the husky dog's space today with an absolutely beautiful 2 year old rotti called Boo-Boo. Her owner had 3 dogs, and again a tip off from the public sent an Inspector round. There were no issues with the conditions or level of care but the owner asked if we could take in two of the three dogs because she could not afford them any more and was working long hours. We could only manage one at the time so we have the most lovely natured girl. Catherine took a piccie of her today and she is stunning and apparently very very good natured and great with children too - a photo will follow soon, I promise.
So much for being closed to admissions, hey!
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Despite being closed to admissions a little pretty girl called Molly has come into our care. She is a 10wk old kitten who was rescued after being stuck up a tree and being picked on by magpies. The rescuer is going to adopter once she is neutered etc but that still leaves with another 22 kittens to find homes for.
Hey ho - tomorrow's another day and I'll be back on line tomorrow.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
This morning she was full of beans and had me playing dangle stick whilst trying to write cheques for our weekly mound of bills - she had great fun and made a boring job far less boring. Currently she is asleep in my tray of printer paper. Everytime I go to fill the printer up the paper is covered in Poppy hair - it's so sweet!
I have been going through our long stay animals today and found myself seriously worrying about if we will ever find homes for long stayers like Charlie the staffie (see below). In my sleep last night I came up with the bright idea of postering/leafleting Glastonbury Festival when I go. You always find loads of posters for bands, events and campaigns knocking around so I thought I'd have a go in the Green Fields area where the vegan stall is usually located - you never know, it might help.
I'm hoping some of you guys might have some bright ideas too - you know - websites, locations, events wtc where I could promote them from. To be honest, at this moment in time I'd be happy if we just found a home for one animal, as it so torturously quiet on the rehoming front.
I'm planning to go to Feast on Sunday to see if I can get more stall holders to attend our Fair (we've nearly 30 now), but maybe I should go along with some fliers of Ben and Charlie too?
I will have ponder, but I'm guessing there would be no harm done, hey?